I am not writing as a bereaved friend or relative, but as someone who unexpectedly found this website searching for two friends I had been trying to find, who both turned out to have died and had their obituaries listed on here. I could not get them on my printer for a relative I knew would want them too, so I called and spoke to Ashley, the owner's daughter and a staff member, who kindly offered to copy each notice twice and send them to me cost free. She could not have been more eager to help and refused all payment offers. If I lived in Catonsville, or had friends there looking for a good funeral home, this would definitely be my pick and recommendation for all those in need. And I cannot thank them enough for their gracious help.
My sister and I are not from the Md area and when our brother passed we were overwhelmed with where to begin. I truly believe that God placed Craig Witzke in our path. We called and spoke with many funeral homes around the area and without a second thought we both felt Craig was by far the one we trusted our brother with. I did not feel at any time that Craig was a salesman. He was honest, understanding, compassionate, and thoughtful. When we needed help he listened and gave excellent choices. Craig and staff are what every grieving family needs to give your loved one the best care possible.
Craig and his staff showed great professionalism during a very difficult time for us. They made themselves available at all times during the process for any questions or requests we had. This relieved much of the anxiety knowing that things were being taken care of in a proper and professional manner.
Losing a loved one is never easy, but Craig Witzke and the staff at the Candle Light Funeral Home made this experience effortless. From the initial contact, to the last minutes at the grave site, they were cognizant of our family, our feelings, and were consistently compassionate.
Being able to order flowers through their website and having the obituary posted online, all combined to make this process uncomplicated. We are grateful to Craig and his staff and would highly recommend them.
Craig Witzke, Erin, Sharon were all so gracious and comforting for our family and friends. Craig presented comprehensive options and suggestions for all arrangements. All of the suggestions were proven to be professional, suitable, and ideal for our wishes and desires. Our experience beat expectations for us and our guests. The team at Candlelight Funeral Home by Craig Witzke made a very difficult time an inspiring and glorious experience.
Craig Witzke, his family, and the staff of Candle Light Funeral Home are truly incredible. From the beginning of our contact with Craig, he really went above and beyond for our family after the sudden passing of my dad. They were able to make my dad really look like himself and at peace as our family and dad's friends said their goodbyes at his viewing.
This was our family's first time needing to plan arrangements for a loved one so close to us and Craig facilitated this process with ease. He was available 24/7 by phone even during the holiday to answer all of our questions (as well as friends calling the funeral home) and make sure that dad's viewings and arrangements for transport to California (for burial) were settled. He was extremely accommodating to all of our requests. He consistently checked up on us during each 3 viewings to make sure that things were going smoothly and to see if we were okay.
Craig really showed his excellence for me when he stepped away from his own family and arranged a short time for my mom, sisters, and I to see my dad on Christmas Eve before my dad was flown to California. It meant the world to us, especially my mom. Furthermore, after the burial was completed, Craig called us to make sure everything went smoothly with the transportation. Thank you to Craig and his staff for your wonderful services during this difficult time in our lives.
On the early morning of November 23rd (Thanksgiving) I called the ambulance to take my wife Debbie to St Agnes Emergency Room. She was in St Agnes ICU from that Saturday until her passing peacefully on Wednesday December 20th at 12:31PM with her family and friends at her bedside. Craig Witzke and his wife Deborah have been family friends for over thirty years. Because of Debbie’s disability with Behcet’s Syndrome we both knew that one day she would pass and we both agreed the final arrangements would fall to Craig Wetzke and THE CANDLE LIGHT FUNERAL HOME. When Debbie passed I called the number Craig had given me several days before and once he confirmed, we all left and prepared for what became “Debbie celebration of her life at Candle Light Funeral Home!” December 27th – one week after her passing) we held the celebration from 4PM till 8PM. Since, the Social Media is filled with “praise” for the way Debbie’s “celebration” went. It is a tribute to Craig Witzke and his “wonderful staff.” I would ask anyone facing this situation to first consult with Craig Witzke and allow him to suggest the best way to approach this most difficult time. Everyone in the family associated with "The Celebration" have NOTHING but praise for Craig Witzke. I would mention some other people, but I am afraid I will slight someone so better you should just start with Craig and meet everyone as you go forward. My daughter Rhiannon who worked with Craig the most, along with our son’s Alex and Zakk have all agreed already that when my time comes, the “celebration” will be at CANDLE LIGHT FUNERAL HOME and to make it easier, we are going to begin putting everything in order – to make it easier for everyone! Any questions please contact me on FB and I will get right back to you.
Totally professional staff, but, so loving to the survivors. Pure class.
I have been to The Candle Light Funeral Home several times and wanted to write a review to let people know how loving, kind and compassionate the Witzke Family is. They make planning very easy even though its such a painful time. They are there to help but unobtrusive. Craig Witzke, his daughter Ashley, and the staff are there for every need no matter how easy or difficult. I highly recommend them, you will feel absolute peace having them help you.
Whenever someone's loved one passes over, I automatically think of Craig Witzke because I know the Candle Light Funeral Home would be the place I would want my funeral. I have attend 2 services and both were absolutely beautiful. The Candle Light is run by the Witzke family and their compassion, experience and comfort in a time of need is priceless. Craig's attention to every detail of the service, Ashley comforting presence/organization skills and Russell's years of experience and compassion make a very difficult time, more bearable. But the most comforting is Bentley, the funeral home comfort dog. He fills that hole in your heart that is left when no words can be found to comfort you any longer. You will not find yourself in better hands.
Craig, Ashley & the entire Witzke staff are without question the most kind, caring, compassionate people I have ever had any dealings with when it comes to the loss of a loved one. They truly go the extra mile to lessen the burden of your loss. I am so grateful to you all for the comfort you provided during the loss of my dear friends mother. You all went out of your way. Thank you for everything...you all are the best in the business!
Despite the circumstances, the Witzke family made the visit inviting and warm. The building is warm and the staff very professional. Not your typical "big business" funeral home. Family have used the Candle Light and commented that the staff placed them at ease and they felt peaceful making the arrangements and during the viewing and funeral. Thank you for providing an alternative.
Craig Witzke and the entire staff of the Candle Light Funeral Home did a wonderful job with everything when my granddad passed. They went above and beyond to help and make sure everything was exactly the way the family wanted. Craig even came and visited my grandparents house to offer his personal condolences and talk with my grandma. A very beautiful establishment and very respectful staff.
Craig and his daughter Ashley gave us a wonderful atmosphere to celebrate my mom's life and honor her passing. They warmly met all of our needs.
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